Epic Theatre Ensemble
Epic Theatre Ensemble is a company of artists and activists dedicated to making theater that inspires dialogue about social, ethical, and political issues. Epic aims to build thoughtful citizenship in communities throughout New York City by producing socially-minded plays Off-Broadway and connecting these plays to the public schools through groundbreaking, fully-integrated artist residencies. They believe that when diverse, multi-generational communities are brought together to address civic issues by a shared, live, theatrical experience, it improves the health of our democracy. The company’s diverse programming includes full productions, new play development initiatives, and in- and after-school arts education programs. Epic Theatre Ensemble has commissioned and developed 28 new works of socially-minded theater, including nationally-known plays like Kate Fodor’s Hannah and Martin and Nilaja Sun’s No Child. These new works are presented alongside engaging productions of classics from Shakespeare, Ibsen, and Shaw, along with New York City premieres of acclaimed work from around the country and world. Epic's productions have received Obie, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics, and Otto Awards. Its education programs use theater to foster empathy, create civic dialogue, and empower students' voices in their communities. In 2009, Epic Theatre Ensemble received the Coming Up Taller Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts & the Humanities for its after-school Shakespeare Remix program.
For Shakespeare in American Communities, Epic Theatre Ensemble will present student matinees of Measure for Measure directed by Co-Founder Ron Russell. The company will provide related educational activities, including residencies and a study guide. They anticipate reaching 12 schools from New York City and the boroughs.